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Fastest ways to level up in Vanguard: Rank, Weapons & Operators

Here are all the ways to level up your Call of Duty: Vanguard Rank, Operators, and Weapons as fast as possible.



Constanze Operator in CoD Vangaurd

Call of Duty: Vanguard is finally here, so we’re breaking down the fastest ways you can level up your Rank, weapons, and Operators.

The latest Call of Duty title, Vanguard, has arrived. This offers players a ton of weapons, Operators, and more as they progress through the 55 levels on offer.

All of Vanguard’s Weapons and Operators will be coming to the battle royale in December with Warzone Pacific. There’s no guarantee which Vanguard weapons will be the Warzone meta, so you might want to get them all leveled up as soon as possible. Plus, there’s plenty of Vanguard content to unlock, such as camos and Operator skins.

With so much content to take in, we’re detailing the fastest ways to level up your Rank, weapons, and Operators in Vanguard.

How to level up Vanguard Rank fast

The following tips will help you level up in Call of Duty: Vanguard as fast as possible. They also help with ranking up your weapons and Operators, but we’ve got some detailed tips that specifically focus on leveling them up too.

Play your favorite multiplayer mode

To level up in Vanguard as fast as possible, you should always play your favorite mode that you’re best at. You might hear that some modes offer XP faster, or you can get more kills – but it’s entirely up to you and your playstyle.

Search and Destroy offers a lot of XP for performing well, but there’s no point in grinding it out if you’ll only end up with a couple of kills on average. Just play the mode you perform best in, and you’ll find the grind a much smoother and more enjoyable experience.

And this goes for Weapon XP too, always make sure you’re playing your favorite mode.

Complete challenges

Vanguard offers a ton of challenges across multiplayer, Zombies, weapons, Operators, and more.

First, you should try to blast through all of the easier challenges, such as getting Mounted or Crouched kills. Keep them in the back of your mind and you’ll blast through them, earning some sweet XP.

Then, you can start focusing on some of the more difficult challenges that offer better rewards. But if you’re only focused on XP, don’t spend too long on something that will hinder your performance and waste valuable time.

Finish multiplayer matches

This might go without saying, but make sure you’re sticking around until the end of your matches.

Getting your Match Bonus XP is definitely worth sticking around for, even if you’re not having the best game. Plus, you even get some bonus XP for voting for the match’s MVP, which is a nice little boost with minimal effort.

Change your Operator and weapons

To keep earning more and more XP, you shouldn’t just stick to one loadout or Operator.

Once you’ve maxed them out, you won’t be earning any more XP, so make sure that once you’ve fully leveled a weapon or Operator, you change them up. Earning camos and completing challenges will all award XP, keep trying out every aspect of the game and you’ll keep raking in passive XP.

Play during Double XP events

Vanguard will offer a Double XP event every few weeks, so you should check out our guide on when the next Double XP weekend is, and make sure to take advantage of them.

In these events, you’ll be able to get your hands on Double XP, Double Weapon XP, Double Operator XP, and Double Battle Pass XP. Playing in these events will give you a massive boost, so it’s always worth checking them out.

How to level up Vanguard weapons fast

Use the right Operator

Each Operator has their own favorite weapon, and you’ll actually earn much more Weapon XP when combining the right gun and Operator.

As you use and level up a specific Operator, you’ll earn chunks of XP for their favorite weapon. For example, if you’re looking to level up your Type 100, you should use Wade.

Here’s every Vanguard Operator and their favorite weapon:

  • Daniel – M1 Garand
  • Wade – Type 100
  • Halima – MP-40
  • Polina – 3-Line Rifle
  • Solange – NZ-41
  • Shigenori – Type 11
  • Roland – STG44
  • Lucas – Owen Gun
  • Beatrice – AS44
  • Arthur – STEN
  • Constanze – MG42
  • Padmavati – Combat Shotgun

We recommend you make sure you’re using the right Operator, and not wasting any time using an Operator with a weapon you’ve already leveled up.

Play Blitz Combat Pacing

Vanguard has introduced a brand-new Combat Pacing setting, and Blitz’s chaos is perfect for leveling up.

Blitz allows for the maximum amount of players on the map, which gets you into gunfights far more often. You’ll be able to rack up much more multi-kills, and you won’t waste any time running around the map looking for enemies.

Party up on PlayStation

When partied up with friends, PlayStation players get an extra +25% Weapon XP. So, if a weapon would usually take you four hours to max out, you can do it in three.

If you’re focusing on ranking up all of the weapons as soon as possible, you should try to make sure you’re always playing in a party with friends.

Avoid Vanguard’s Zombies mode

Unfortunately, YouTuber JGOD has done the math, and Zombies mode simply isn’t worth it if you’re grinding weapon XP. He figured out that you’ll need to kill 12,000 Zombies to max out a weapon, which he calls “terribly inefficient.”

How to level up Vanguard Operators fast

Complete Operator challenges

Each Vanguard Operator comes with their own set of challenges, and you’ll want to be completing these to rank them up quicker.

Just stick with your Operator until you finish all of their challenges. These aren’t usually too difficult, but you might need to change up your weapon or playstyle to get them done.

And that’s everything you need to know about leveling up fast in Call of Duty: Vanguard! You’ll get access to a variety of weapons and skins, and you’ll quickly be on your way to having everything ready for Vanguard Pacific in December.

For more Vanguard, you can check out how devs will balance the WW2 weapons in Warzone.

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DEADROP dev responds as fans accuse CoD of stealing skin from Dr Disrespect game

Dr Disrespect fans are convinced Activision copied a Variant his game for their latest Warzone skin, and a DEADROP dev has responded.



Activision dropped Warzone and Vanguard’s Tracer Pack Malware Ultra Skin but players immediately noticed a striking similarity with Dr Disrespect’s DEADROP, and it looks like it’s even prompted a response from a Midnight Society developer.

Not long after Activision had to apologize for copying artwork from an independent artist, plagiarism accusations are flying once again. This time concerning Vanguard and Warzone’s new Doomslayer skin which Dr Disrespect fans immediately recognized.

Dr Disrespect’s ‘vertical extraction shooter’ DEADROP is currently in development, and there have already been plenty of comparisons with Call of Duty — mostly from Doc himself. He’s previously said that Modern Warfare 2 can’t “match” DEADROP.

Those who have bought a DEADROP Founders Pass have received one of 10,000 “Variants,” which are unique in-game characters. Senior developers have shown off their Variants, and many think they are the inspiration for Call of Duty’s latest bundle.

The Tracer Pack Malware Ultra skin dropped in Warzone and Vanguard on August 15, featuring a hooded sci-fi character with a skull-faced digital visor. Those words could also be used to describe DEADROP founder Robert Bowling’s Variant, and players were quick to make the comparison.

“Damn, they had to scrap the Dog they ripped off then went straight for a DEADROP variant,” replied one Twitter user. “Looks like whoever created this skin TRIED to copy the Variant of one of the leaders of [Midnight Society],” commented another.

While not a direct response, Bowling, who’s an ex-Infinity Ward dev, tweeted: “At least name it after me.”

Not everyone was convinced that the skin was a straight copy though, as some said that it’s a classic sci-fi design that’s been around longer than DEADROP.

We’ll need to wait and see whether Activision respond to the accusations, but Doc fans are convinced. In the meantime, check out how NICKMERCS will be “brutally honest” if he thinks DEADROP is trash.

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Vanguard devs confirm new round-based Zombies map for Season 5

Vanguard Zombies devs Treyarch have announced another round-based map will arrive with the Season 5 update.



Call of Duty: Vanguard’s devs brought the classic Shi No Numa with Season 4, and another round-based Zombies map will arrive with the Season 5 update.

Although being a continuation of the Dark Aether storyline from Black Ops Cold War, Call of Duty players were less-than-impressed with Vanguard’s Zombies offering. The mode was slammed for dropping the round-based format and removing classic features, and even though Season 2’s Terra Maledicta brought the Ray Gun and Decimator Shield, the non-round-based map was labeled “boring.”

Fortunately, a round-based recreation of World at War’s Shi No Numa dropped in the Season 4 update, and now the devs will bring “The Archon” in Season 5.

Both Warzone and Vanguard Season 5 are set to arrive on Wednesday, August 24, bringing “The Archon” as a new Zombies round-based experience.

What this new map will look like is anyone’s guess, but the devs teased back in June that more round-based maps are coming to Vanguard and confirmed that “yes, it’s round-based.”

The Archon is the final map for Vanguard, as Treyarch confirmed that “Vanguard Zombies concludes in Season Five.”

We would expect this map to come with all of the features you’d expect in a Call of Duty Zombies map, such as a Main Quest Easter Egg and Wonder Weapon to build. It appears Kortifex, the main antagonist of Vanguard Zombies, will be the final boss as Treyarch tweeted that “Kortifex must die.”

Hopefully, this new Zombies map will please long-time Zombies players ahead of Modern Warfare 2’s beta and October 28 launch. But, Modern Warfare won’t have its own Zombies mode.

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Warzone’s frustrating demon gun glitch is back in Vanguard

Vanguard weapon camos are being plagued by the infamous demon gun glitch which fills the screen with ruined textures.



The demon gun glitch is one the most infamous bugs in Warzone and now reports are coming in of it ruining the textures of weapon camos in Call of Duty Vanguard again.

Warzone Pacific players have had to repeatedly deal with the frustrating demon gun glitch that blocks their screens with distorted textures, making it impossible for them to accurately aim their weapons.

This glitch has popped up at complete random numerous times and is now causing problems in CoD Vanguard again, as players are reporting the textures on their weapon camos being reduced to polygons.

Reddit user ‘EPURON’ encountered this glitch when using a weapon camo that was part of the Godzilla vs King Kong event. They then shared a clip showcasing this in the Vanguard subreddit.

Throughout the clip, the textures on the weapon camo were glitching, and the Redditor was unable to see anything through the optic when aiming down sights. They described the glitch as “polygon madness.”

While the textures looked bad when aiming down sights, they looked even worse in the killcam that played after the player was taken out. At that point, the entire screen was blocked by the glitch.

EPURON explained in the comments that this is their first time encountering the Demon Gun Glitch, and others brought up the times they had to deal with it back when Vanguard first launched.

This glitch has become infamous among Warzone Pacific and Vanguard players since it pops up repeatedly to cause mayhem on their screens and still hasn’t been removed for good after multiple update patches.

For more Vanguard content, check out the August 11 update patch notes as well as everything we know about the next Double XP event in the game.

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